11 days in Seattle, Oregon & North Dakota Itinerary

11 days in Seattle, Oregon & North Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in Seattle, Oregon & North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Bend
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
6
Medora
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City


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1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Pioneer Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle itinerary planning website .

Kansas City to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kansas City to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in May; daily highs in Seattle reach 68°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Astoria Column, then explore the galleries of Columbia River Maritime Museum, and then stroll through Cannon Beach. On your second day here, browse for treasures at Wheeler Station Antiques, then kick back and relax at Hug Point State Recreation Site, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Wheeler Station Antiques
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Edge Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and then kick back and relax at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, take in the exciting artwork at Earthworks Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport day trip planner .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Newport by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yachats, The Edge Art Gallery
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Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): try for a hole-in-one at Sandland Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Backstreet Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Heceta Head Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Heceta Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Newport to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Florence

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
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Heceta Beach ©
Heceta Beach
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Backstreet Gallery ©
Backstreet Gallery

2
nights
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at High Desert Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park. On the next day, trek along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, then stroll through Lava Cast Forest Trail, and then get all the information you need at Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bend trip site .

Traveling by car from Florence to Bend takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Florence in May, Bend is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lava Cast Forest Trail, Smith Rock State Park
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High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Newberry National Volcanic Monument ©

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night
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Prairie Fire Pottery, appreciate the extensive heritage of South Unit, and then contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Medora online tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Bend to Medora in 10 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bend to Medora. In May, daily temperatures in Medora can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Unit, Prairie Fire Pottery
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
South Unit ©
South Unit
Prairie Fire Pottery ©
Prairie Fire Pottery

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